Can These Stocks Hold the Traction? Gapping up Pre-Bell: Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC)

Will shares of Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) hold onto their early gains?  The stock is gapping up 1.30% before market open touching $27.95 on a recent bid.

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Taking a look at several key technical indicators, the stock’s price is $27.95 and their relative strength index (RSI) stands at 67.97.  

Checking on current price levels compared to prior highs and lows, we have seen that Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) was recently trading -0.11% away from the 50-day high and 13.71% removed from the 50-day low. Taking a wider view, the current separation from the 52-week high is -0.11%, and the distance from the 52-week low is presently 38.02%.

Since the beginning of the calendar year, Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC)’s stock has changed 25.07%. Over the last five trading sessions, the stock has moved 3.37%. For the past month, Bank of America Corporation’s stock has been -0.58%, 17.22% for the last quarter, 23.34% for the past six months and 36.16% for the past 52 weeks.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) are gapping up 5.29% pre-market with a price of $2.05 on the stock.

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Analyst Outlook

The consensus analysts recommendation at this point stands at 2.90 for Rite Aid Corporation.  This is based on a 1-5 scale where 1 indicates a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell. Further, analysts have a 12 month target price of $2.18 on company shares.  This is according to the analysts polled by Thomson Reuters which have recently published research reports on the firm. 

The equity stands -76.62% away from the 52-week high and 48.55% from the 52-week low.  The RSI (Relative Strength Index), an indicator that shows price strength by comparing upward and downward close-to-close movements is 67.93.

With the recent move, the stock now boasts a market cap of 2072.20and a beta of 1.71.

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